WASHINGTON/GONAIVES, HAITI – Sufficient, we can not cope with this anymore, a visibly disgusted Predica Jean, coordinator for the League of Haitian Girls for Reconstruction(Lig Fanm Ayisyen pou Rekonstruksyon) (LIFAR) stated throughout a press convention in Port-au-Prince.

Have been asking all of the political actors who’re concerned to resolve the scenario rapidly so we are able to have a rustic the place we are able to reside (in peace and safety), the place womens rights are revered, she added.

Jean decried the gang rape of a dozen feminine prisoners by male prisoners making an attempt to flee from a jail within the northern metropolis of Gonaives final week. She requested for justice and reparations for all the ladies who have been violated.

About 340 male prisoners, indignant in regards to the jail’s poor residing circumstances, broke out Nov. 7-8. That they had been reportedly held for days in overcrowded cells with out meals and water. They managed to disarm a guard and break via the gates. As soon as out, they sought feminine prisoners in a separate a part of the jail, in keeping with witnesses, and raped them repeatedly till a police unit arrived and fired tear fuel to cease the assault.

Jail in Gonaives, Haiti the place jailbreak and gang rape occurred. (VOA/Exalus Mergenat)

Jean additionally demanded the rapid launch of a feminine prisoner who remained jailed despite the fact that she was set to be launched earlier than the assaults.

They claimed they couldnt discover her launch type and held her in jail the place she was subjected to rape, Jean advised reporters.

The LIFAR coordinator cited the Geneva Conventions and different worldwide legislation statutes that demand prisoners of struggle, in addition to civilian prisoners, be handled humanely. These legal guidelines are being violated in our nation, Jean stated.

A human rights activist who spoke to VOA Creole stated law enforcement officials who arrived on the jail in the course of the incident advised him they have been shaken by what they heard.

Among the officers stated they have been heartbroken and crying once they heard the screams of the ladies in the course of the legal actions of the boys, the activist stated.

After the incident, the nongovernmental group Zanmi Lasante (Associates for Well being) stepped in to deal with the rape victims rapid well being wants, together with testing for sexually transmitted ailments. They have been additionally supplied remedy to stop undesirable pregnancies.

Jeanne Bolivar, the Haitian Ministry for Womens Affairs coordinator for the Artibonite Division, visited the feminine prisoners and advised VOA Creole they have been visibly distraught. She stated she is working to discover a psychologist who can counsel the victims. She additionally denounced the authorities of Gonaives who transferred the ladies after the assault to a jail in neighboring St. Marc of their underwear.

Male prisoners board a bus that can switch them to a jail in St Marc after the tried jailbreak. (VOA/Exalus Mergenat)

The womens rights weren’t revered, their dignity was not revered in any respect, Bolivar stated. She advised VOA Creole she spoke to a younger lady who advised her she was raped by seven males.

Bolivar stated she is working to seek out meals for the transferred prisoners as nicely.

Womens rights activist Guerline Residor known as on legislation enforcement officers to behave responsibly.

We’re asking the Ministry of Justice, the chief of police, law enforcement officials, and so forth., to intervene quickly to resolve the harmful scenario ladies within the north discover themselves in, she stated.


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